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The soldier of the future

Circa 1959

8 Responses to “The soldier of the future”

  1. Bram Says:

    We didn’t know that soldier of the future would have an inferior rifle and twice as much other crap to carry.

  2. DirtCrashr Says:

    Lets see: new helmet, check. Zoidberg mask, check. Fully cantilevered night-vision powered by old VW ignition coil, check!

  3. HL Says:

    I prefer Robert Heinlein’s SOTF vision from 1959.

    Starship Troopers.

    The book, not that Hollywood horseshit.

  4. Tirno Says:

    With that get-up, you’ll be ready to take on Red Chinese as they invade Alaska, right after the good Ol’ US of A annexes Canada.

    Also, super mutants won’t stand a chance.

  5. Bram Says:

    In 1990, we were gearing up for the First Gulf War. Our Colonel decided that we needed a HQ Company run right down a main street – with our gas masks on. It was fun watching people freak out.

  6. Bubblehead Les Says:

    And they were such good shots, they only needed to carry one magazine, too!

  7. comatus Says:

    At about the same time, Gen. Quesada (in forced retirement) was writing articles in the same medium on how difficult it was for conventional forces to even find their own way through the jungles of Panama. Then, as now, the country did not have a unitary vision of what our main threats were.

    What is with the patch on the M-14 stock? Is it some rudimentary lightened, plasticy, skeletonized thing, or is that just a glued-on Chinese phrase-book?

  8. Rivrdog Says:

    They forgot the “flying jeep”, a ducted fan contraption, we’d call it a hovercraft today.